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  1. This is a very important piece. Thanks for writing it. It is excellent that the Town of Amherst staff have been doing this outreach! Thank you to them and to those who have supported it. My research with Jesse Rhodes and Brian Schaffner https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/hometown-inequality/023310B09126266C33999E3A3B6A60FD
    shows large gaps in representation for groups in local towns across the US. Among the reasons, we speculate it is because of large biases in who participates (voting, contacting town officials) as well as the biases of who runs for office. Any efforts to get information into the hands of voters, or engaging with them about town issues, may help close this gap and hold officials accountable. It is also important for officials to seek out good information about voters from marginalized communities, which they appear to be trying. So what you are reporting here is good stuff about Amherst and I hope it continues!

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